CA Bill Would Ban Ear Cropping
California fanciers, take note! The Animal Council reports that SB1548, a bill pertaining to veterinary medicine, was amended last week to include a ban on ear cropping for dogs. Violators will be charged with a misdemeanor unless the procedure was done for treatment of disease or injury to the dog. The bill defines "disease or […] | June 21, 2004
Update: Committee Rejects MA Breeder Amendment
The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners reports that the Budget Conference Committee has approved the final version of the state budget, and it does not include a House-approved amendment requiring regulation of those who breed and sell more than five litters of puppies or kittens per year. This development is welcome […] | June 17, 2004
Sponsor to Withdraw NJ A2324
Good news for Garden State fanciers! The New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs reports that Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, sponsor of A2324, has stated his intention to withdraw the bill from consideration. A2324, which would require any individual who sells ten or more animals per year to register with and face regulation by their municipality, […] | June 14, 2004
NC Legislation Not Likely to See Action This Session
The deadline for introduction of bills to be considered by North Carolina's General Assembly came and went last week without a word about the long-debated "Animal Protection Act." The draft legislation, which resulted from nearly a year's worth of work by the House Interim Committee on the Prevention and Disposition of Unwanted and Abandoned Companion […] | June 4, 2004
Update: NJ Bill Still Poses Threat to Breeders
A2324, which would require anyone who sells or transfers ten or more animals per year to be licensed and regulated by their municipality, continues to threaten responsible breeding programs in New Jersey. The bill could be scheduled for a vote by the Assembly at any time, and though many fanciers have contacted their representatives in […] | June 2, 2004
Attention MA Fanciers: Calls Needed Now!
The AKC has learned that Massachusetts's budget bill was sent to conference committee late last week. Thanks in large part to lobbying efforts by purebred dog fanciers, the Senate version of the bill does not appear to contain any language that will impact breeders. However, the House version does still include an amendment that would […] | June 1, 2004
CA Breeder Bill Dies
AB 2513 effectively died on May 27, 2004 when sponsor Assembly Member Lloyd Levine moved the bill to the "inactive file" rather than push for a vote on the Assembly floor. May 28th was the deadline for all California bills to have passed their house of origin, so AB 2513 may not be considered again […] | June 1, 2004
Continued Help Needed to Fight Boston BSL
Despite opposition from concerned dog owners and fanciers at a public hearing in Boston on Thursday, April 29th, legislators appear resolute in their support of a breed-specific ordinance. The proposal now heads to committee for further consideration. If enacted, the measure would: Require residents to register their "pit bulls" with the city at a cost […] | May 4, 2004
Updated: Help Still Needed in MA!
The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs reports that late-night budget talks in the House last week resulted in yet another change to Rep. Kujawksi's proposed breeder amendment. The final budget bill that was sent to the Senate for consideration now requires regulation for those who breed and sell more than five litters of puppies or […] | May 3, 2004

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